Article published on August 12, 2016.
Augustine, a brilliant, ageing scientist, is consumed by the stars. For years he has scanned the universe, trying to quantify infinity, to look back at the beginning of time itself. When news of a catastrophic event arrives at the remote research centre in the Arctic circle where he works and the researchers are evacuated, he insists on staying behind.
But shortly after the last airlift departs, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris. No one returns to claim her, and she never speaks of any parents. As time wears on, Augustine is unable to establish contact with the outside world. They are alone.
Time means very little in deep space. Mission Specialist Sullivan, a divorced astronaut and mother is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. They are the first human beings to delve this deep into space and it has changed the crew. At last Sully feels at peace with the sacrifices she has made – the daughter she has left behind, the marriage she couldn’t save. But suddenly, inexplicably, the Aether loses all contact with Mission Control.
Faced with the cold, barren sweep of the Arctic and the vast silence of space, how will they live? What will they be living for?
Reviewer Eleanor King said:
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Its shift between narratives was well chosen, linking these two people and their situations so completely. The two main characters were fleshed out well and, despite both being deeply flawed human beings, their plight was compelling. A very emotive and thought-provoking book.
About the author
Lily Brooks-Dalton was born and raised in southern Vermont. She moved to Ireland when she was seventeen, then worked her way around the world for three and a half years. She is currently doing a MFA in Portland, Oregon and has won numerous scholarships for her writing.
Find out more about Lily on her website: lilybrooksdalton.com
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton, published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson on 11 August, 2016 in hardback at £14.99